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“All human beings are born free and equal

in dignity and rights.”

- Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Achieving Complete Justice: The Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone

Date: 
Thursday, November 20, 2014 - 10:00am
Location: 
SVC-210 U.S. Capitol Building

Announcement

Please join the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission for a briefing on the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone’s role in addressing mass atrocities and carrying out complete justice.

The Special Court for Sierra Leone (SCSL), established in 2002, has made extraordinary contributions to international justice and the fight against impunity, including the first conviction establishing sexual violence as a crime against humanity. Upon the Special Court’s closure in December 2013, the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone (RSCSL) was created to address SCSL’s ongoing obligations, such as witness protection and support, assistance to national prosecution authorities, and supervision of prison sentences. This residual mechanism is crucial to ensure the legacy of SCSL, protect fundamental rights, and strengthen the evolving international criminal justice system.

Please join us for this important discussion on the closure of SCSL, the mandate and ongoing functions of RSCSL, and the challenges faced by RSCSL in achieving complete justice.

If you have any questions, please contact Soo Choi at 202-225-3599 or soohyun.choi@mail.house.gov

Hosted by:

James P. McGovern, Member of Congress, Co-Chair, TLHRC
Frank R. Wolf, Member of Congress, Co-Chair, TLHRC

Participants

Panelists

  • The Honorable Philip Waki, President of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone
  • Ms. Brenda Hollis, Prosecutor of the Residual Special Court for Sierra Leone
  • Ms. Binta Mansaray, Registrar of the Residual Special Court for of Sierra Leone

Opening Remarks

  • Congressman James McGovern (MA-02), Co-Chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission
  • Ambassador Stephen Rapp, Ambassador-at-Large for War Crimes Issues, Office of Global Criminal Justice, Department of State
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